Be Present

As parents, day in and day out we are asked to divide our time. Responsibilities of “adulting” are demanding, and we try our best to multi-task our jobs, family and social life (I’m still trying with this one to be honest!). To me, having a photography session is more than just about the images that it produces. It’s TIME. Time to be present with our family, no phones, no daily grind, no boss to answer to. For that one to two hours, I am going to ask you to be present. Give yourself the permission to think back to the time when you were a child and let it go. Be free with your children and your spouse. It’s not about how much time, it’s about what you choose to do with that time. I promise the responsibilities will still be there when we’re done, whether it’s a deadline at work or the dishes in the sink. It’s time you give yourself the break you deserve.

The M. Family is a perfect example of my passion to capture families in their natural state. I didn’t need to ask them, they just WERE. The minute I got off the phone with Mom during our pre-session consultation, I knew I was in for an AH-mazing photo shoot with this family. She proudly declared “We REALLY love candid shots” (hello, SCORE) which is music to this photographer’s ears. We picked Central Park as the location for our shoot for it’s breathtaking scenery, but I have to say, it seriously pales in comparison to how dynamic and spirited this family is together. It was really hard picking favorites from the session to feature, because I loved every image from our shoot. For that brief time we spent together, it seemed the world faded away and they were present for each other in their most natural and honest way.

Thank you to the M. Family for sharing with me every joyous moment!

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Be Contagious!

There are times when you’ll meet people and their feelings and attitude are contagious. Simply being next to them can have an effect on you (for better or for worse!) so I truly believe in surrounding yourself with people with a positive outlook on life because no one should make time for toxic thoughts.  I had so much fun with the T. Family during their session! Their natural energy and enthusiasm spread like wildfire, it’s hard to not feel the same way around them! Be contagious!

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Perfectly Imperfect

If you were to ask me what a perfect family portrait would be, this would be it, because it’s real. It’s what parenting and family dynamic is in reality: perfectly imperfect. Perfectly imperfect looks different for everyone, it’s something to be embraced, celebrated, and above all, loved because it is uniquely yours.

Thank you to the O. Family for sharing their “perfectly imperfect” with me. I know they treasure it as much as I do. <3






Meaningful Ties

One thing I always ask my clients when we’re discussing possible locations for the photo session is if there is a particular location that holds special meaning to them. While it doesn’t have to be specific, choosing a location that represents you as a family will make the images that much more personal. I find that choosing location (next to deciding what to wear) is something people get hung up on a lot. My answer to this is to pick a place that has meaning to you, but keep it simple. It can be an exact location, or general assessment (for example, you love the beach, I’m pretty certain any beach setting would do unless there is a specific beach you frequent and would like photos taken at). I know it sounds easier than done, but this is a great starting off point. If you ask yourself, “What do we as a family most enjoy doing together?” you’d be surprised at the possibilities that you can come up with. Please take this a guideline, however, I have many conversations with my clients and stress that the location does not make or break your photos. Your family will be who you are whether we shoot in the woods, on the streets of your hometown or in your own living room. It doesn’t change the feeling and emotions behind each image. While it may seem daunting, the process of choosing the details should be fun and something to be excited about. The more you plan ahead, the less stressful the day of will be and we can just focus on being together and taking some amazing photos.

The Planting Fields in Oyster Bay hold a special meaning to the M. Family, Mom and Dad had their wedding photos taken there, and our shoot was scheduled right before their anniversary. We had a lot of fun recreating some shots in certain spots that they took from their special day! Of course, I couldn’t help myself from snapping a few of just Mom and Dad. It is so important to take photos with your partner as well, it’s something that we don’t do nearly as often as parents. Before the kids, it was just the two of you, so take a moment to celebrate your bond together.

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Colleen Boyle Patafio -

beautiful work. beautiful family!

It’s About The Journey, Not The Destination

Still playing catch up on blogging my sessions, but I will never forget this session. B. wasn’t really feeling sitting for photos, but I have to say, this was one of my favorite sessions. He fought me tooth and nail for a smile, and I loved every minute of it. He certainly made me work for it, but I will always say that it’s the journey, not the destination, that leaves the greatest impact. Be sure to treasure it.

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Jennifer Turner Conley -

Love all of these!!!